But his activities extended fortwo decades into the life of the new republic, years in which Dickinson's contributions were many. Dickinson's career began with his election to the Assembly in the Lower Counties of Delaware in
The family - father Samuel Dickinson, his second wife, Mary Cadwalader of Philadelphia, and assorted step-brothers and sisters - moved to an estate in Delaware a few years after.
There the children enjoyed the privileged John dickinson and private education of the landed elite. Inhe traveled to London to study at the Middle Temple. Here he absorbed the particularly English legal attitude of entitlement to protection of ancient rights against new John dickinson of arbitrary rule that had dominated the previous century in British legal and political affairs.
This experience and his voracious capacity for study, together with the natural conservatism of his background, marked his overwhelming interest in the relationship between politics and history and foretold his remarkable life of public service that was to come.
He extended his stay in London tilland upon returning home, settled in Philadelphia and began a successful law practice. He also entered politics, serving in the Pennsylvania Assembly. He distinguished himself by siding with the Proprietary party against the faction led by Benjamin Franklin that sought to turn Pennsylvania from a Penn family governed commonwealth to a colony immediately under Royal control.
The bitter debate of saw the eloquent and stubborn young Dickinson stand his ground on the simple conservative principle that change might bring more oppressive government and that the chance could not be taken.
He lost the debate and his seat in the Assembly. He gained admiration for his principles, however, and he was soon chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the Stamp Act Congress in New York in October, He had, just before this, published a pamphlet seeking support among English merchants to repeal the Stamp and Sugar Acts as a restraint of trade.
At the meeting, he drafted the resolution of the Congress. When this action made no impact on government policy, he began in December,to publish in the Pennsylvania Chronicle his famous Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies, under the pseudonym "A Farmer.
Although the writings hinted at an ultimate recourse of resistance, they reflected overall the hesitation to employ extra-constitutional measures, a hesitation that Dickinson would display through much of his later career.
The actions of the New England colonies, however, soon moved events beyond the possibility of reconciliation. Dickinson blamed the radicals in Boston for this escalation and the end of any hope of constitutional solution. In the July, meetings to organize a new congress, Dickinson drafted three resolutions which retained hope that outright rebellion could still be avoided.
At the same time, he worked to prepare the defenses of Philadelphia and took command of the first battalion of the city's new militia regiment.
At the second Continental Congress, he wrote the Petition to the King, which appealed again for peaceful resolution. When the Crown rejected this approach, the pressures for revolution became unstoppable and brought Dickinson to his famous refusal to vote for or sign the Declaration of Independence.
The timing was wrong, he said, to declare war on the greatest power in the world without even a system of government to bind together the various colonies in their constitutionality or even their defense.
He did abstain from the final vote, however, so that the Pennsylvania vote would be for independence and therefore the colonies would adopt the Declaration unanimously. He also led the committee to draft the Articles of Confederation.
With the war now joined, Dickinson first took up his post as colonel and then resigned his commission over what he saw were a series of affronts that his stand in Congress had brought on. Though the actual case is not clear, many accounts have him serving as a private soldier, notably at the Battle of Brandywine.
He also suffered financially; the British burned the family's Philadelphia estate, and Tories or bandits caused extensive damage to his Delaware properties.
This caused some economy, including the manumission of his slaves. Inhe returned to the Continental Congress and in was elected president of Delaware. The next year he resigned that post to be elected president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, returning to Philadelphia and the radical turmoil in that state.JOHN DICKINSON Delaware.
Birth: 19 November , at "Crosiadore," Talbot County, Maryland Death: 14 February , at Wilmington, Delaware Interment: Friends Burial Ground, Wilmington, Delaware.
Oil on canvas, by Charles Willson Peale (); Independence National Historical Park. John Dickinson represented both Delaware and Pennsylvania at the founding of the republic.
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John Dickinson (November 13, [November 2 (old style)] – February 14, ) was an American solicitor and politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. He was a militia officer during the American Revolution, a Continental Congressman from Pennsylvania and Delaware, a Preceded by: Caesar Rodney.
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